Master's programs across universities in the United States have requirements in line with certification standards set by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, or AHSA. As of 2014, the AHSA requires a demonstrated knowledge of subjects, including the principles and methods of prevention, assessment, intervention for people with communication and swallowing disorders, ethical codes of conduct and other topics. Most universities have their own requirements for the completion of specific coursework in their master's degree programs.
Additionally, the AHSA requires the completion of at least one course in the areas of biological sciences, physical sciences, social sciences and statistics. AHSA certification also requires the completion of 400 hours of supervised clinical experience in the practice of speech-language pathology for certification, which is included in master's programs at several universities.
The requirements for admission into a master's program in Speech Pathology may vary across different academic institutions. However, practically all universities require the completion of a bachelor's degree in a related field and results from the Graduate Record Examination, or GRE. Certain universities also require references and prerequisite coursework in the field of linguistics, science and statistics. Most universities also require the submission of a personal statement with an application. This is a short essay that highlights personal experience, skills, grades and other factors related to beginning graduate studies.